If you’re lucky enough to live in a legal state, then laced weed isn’t something you need to worry about. And laced weed is quite rare, so your weed is probably safe. But it does happen, so if you’re suspicious of your weed, then here are six tips to help keep you safe.
Crushed glass can be added to weed to make it weigh more, make it look like there are more trichomes than there actually are.
Testing for glass is easy. Rub a bud that seems extra coated in shiny crystals on a CD, bud will not scratch the surface, but glass will. This one depends how fresh and stemless your bud is. Nothing in fresh buds should be hard enough to permanently scratch a CD. Sure, it may put a little mark on it that you can rub off, but not a permanent scratch.
2. Laundry detergent
If you smoke weed laced with laundry detergent you’ll taste the chemicals along with the fragrance of the detergent. A dodgy dealer may coat buds in laundry detergent to make it look like there are more crystals.
Testing for laundry detergent is very easy. First, find a small watertight container and put some water in it along with some of the weed in question. Next, simply shake the container and look for suds of soap.
3. Fuel additives
Break off a moist piece of bud and hold it over a flame. If it’s been soaked in fuel the bud will flare up.
4. Smell enhancers
Perfumes and chemicals added to mask an additive, or enhance the dank smell can change the color of the flame when applied to your bud. As they burn, the buds will also smell harsh and chemically.
5. Embalming fluid/formaldehyde
Embalming fluid contains formaldehyde which is known to cause cancer. Cannabis can be soaked in formaldehyde to make it seem stronger. Formaldehyde is colorless and smells somewhat like pickles, and very dangerous.
The following symptoms might be potential formaldehyde lacing:
- Bad headaches
- Increased heart rate
- Chest pain
- Dry mouth and throat
- Severe paranoia
6. General testing
Trichomes are brown to clear in color. They will come away from the bud if pressed loose, but they won’t just fall off.
Over a black surface, gently shake your bud. If blue or white crystals fall off then your weed may be laced. Check for the color, and the best way to know for sure is using a jeweler’s loop or a 420 Scope to see it up close.
Rules to avoid consuming laced weed
It’s better to be safe than sorry, so if you’re in any way suspicious about your weed, trust your instincts and test it out. If you’re a seasoned cannabis user then you’ll know the difference between dank buds and suspicious weed. And if you’re new to cannabis, ask the advice of someone who knows weed. A few more tips to remember include:
- Never buy pre-ground weed
- Only buy from a dealer that’s recommended to you
- If in doubt, throw it out
- Trust your instincts
- It’s always better to be safe than sorry